by Moises Garza

January 9, 2024

1804 Baptism of Jose Rafael Salinas
Last Names of Nuevo Leon

This is the June 17, 1804 baptism of Jose Rafael Salinas who was baptized in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is the 4th great-grandfather of my wife.

His baptism is a great example of how it is always better to look for the record and not to just rely on an index entry. I first came across his baptism date on the SAGA Baptism book for Camargo. The index book only had "1804" as his baptism date.

I took a trip to UTRGV (The University of the Rio Grande Valley) located in Edinburg, Texas. I found copies of the baptims register under the Camargo Archives collection. I went page by page until I found the record.

Turns out that he was baptized on June 17, 1804 and was eight days old putting his birth date as June 9, 1804.

His parents are Juan Jose Salinas and Maria Josefa Villarreal. Jose Rafael grows up to marry Maria Dolores Flores. You can view their descendants and ancestors on Las Villas del Norte Database here:

Here is the transcription of the record.

Transcription of The 1804 Baptism of Jose Rafael Salinas

De Sto Do
Jph Rapha
el, Salinas

En esta Villa de S. Sta Anna de Camargo en Diez, y siete dias del Mes de Junio
de Mil, Ochocientos, y quatro años. Yo Fr. Pedro Maldo. y Zapata como
Ministro de esta Villa en esta Santa Yglecia Parrochial de mi Cargo. Bap=
tice Solemnemente puse los Santos oleos, y Chrisma aun Ynfante Espa=
ñol de Ocho dias de nacido a quien puse por nombre Joseph Raphael. Hijo
Lexitimo de Juan Joseph Salinas y de Maria Josepha Villarreal. Vecinos
en Santo Domingo Jurisdiccion de esta Villa. Fueron los Padrinos Julin
Ramirez, y su Esposa Maria Lucia Gonsales aquienes, adverti su Obli
gacion, y parentesco Espiritual, y para que conste lo firme en esta dicha
Villa, dicho dia, Mes, y año. ut Supra

Fr. Pedro Maldo. y Zapata


  • Camargo Church Baptism Records 1764 - 1864 (Corpus Christi, Texas, Spanish American Genealogical Association, September, 1989), Pg. 187.
  • Camargo Archives (Ediburg Texas, University of Texas Rio Grande), Camargo Archives 1764-1913 Box 1 of 5, Camargo Baptism Register 1796-1808, Pg. 101.

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Moises Garza

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